ESPN's Katie Barnes Warns Transgender Athletes Have Physical Advantages

By Mike Fishmore | May 6, 2024

Athletic performance differences

During an interview with CNN, ESPN journalist Katie Barnes expressed her belief that transgender athletes participating in women's sports may possess a physical edge in certain disciplines, although not across all sports.
 

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“I think it depends on what you mean by support that. From my reporting, the reality is that from a scientific perspective, we know that there are differences in sexes, and we know the differences do tend to lead to athletic performance differences as well, Barnes told Tapper.
 

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Barnes emphasized to CNN's Jake Tapper that scientific evidence backs her assertion that transgender athletes assigned male at birth have physical advantages over women, but noted that the significance of these advantages varies depending on the specific sport, as reported by Fox Sports.